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New Friendship Bridge to open soon in Pampanga

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ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The new Friendship Bridge along the Friendship Circumferential Road West here will soon be opened to motorists, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office here.

The PHP130-million infrastructure project in Barangay Anunas, this city was completed last January 15.

DPWH Regional Director Roseller Tolentino on Thursday said the project was constructed under the national government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

The project, he noted, included the construction of two additional lanes and road widening, as well as maintenance work such as repainting using anti-corrosion paint on metal structures and repair of cracks.

“We constructed new bridge and approach with a total net length of 618 meters, and an additional bridge with a length of 240.8 linear meters,” Tolentino said.

He added that the bridge has provision for concrete slope protection for approaches and abutments and safety devices such as concrete railings, hazard markers (chevron signs) and pavement markings.

The opening of the bridge is seen to benefit thousands of residents of Angeles City, City of San Fernando, Porac and other nearby towns, as well as motorists coming to and from the bustling Clark Freeport Zone.

The Friendship Bridge project was implemented by the Pampanga 3rd District Engineering Office headed by Engr. Tito Jesus Salvador. (PNA)

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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolts Pangasinan

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Metro Manila (via CNN Philippines, February 6) — A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck Pangasinan on Wednesday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The quake, tectonic in origin, had a depth of 137 kilometers along Aguilar, Pangasinan.  It struck the area at 6:25 p.m, Phivolcs added.

Intensity 5 was felt at Villasis, Pangasinan, while Intensity 4 jolted Baguio City.

Intensity 3 was recorded in Dagupan City, Pangasinan and Olongapo City.

Parts of Metro Manila including Manila City, Mandaluyong City, Pasay City, and Quezon City; as well as Subic, Zambales, Malolos, Bulacan, Guagua, Pampanga, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, and  Baguio City felt Intensity 2.

Intensity 1 was recorded in Laoag City and Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte, Sinait, Ilocos Sur, and San Ildefonso in Bulacan.

Phivolcs warned of possible aftershocks.

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Australia weather: January was hottest month on record

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Australia recorded its hottest month ever in January, with average temperatures exceeding 30C (86F) for the first time.

The extreme heat, during the country’s summer period, was “unprecedented”, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

At least five January days were among the 10 warmest on record, with daily national temperature highs of 40C.

The blistering conditions caused wildfire deaths, bush fires and a rise in hospital admissions. It also led to the death of more than 90 wild horses.

The new record surpasses conditions recorded in 2013, previously considered the nation’s worst heatwave.

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“We saw heatwave conditions affect large parts of the country through most of the month,” climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said.

Records were broken for both duration and also individual daily extremes, he said. Rainfall was also below average for most areas.

The fortnight of extreme heat also resulted in the death of up to a million fish in the drought-affected state of New South Wales.

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More than 55M to be disbursed by DSWD under Unconditional Cash Transfer

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PAMPANGA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III, in partnership with Department of Finance, Landbank, Provincial Government of Bulacan and Provincial and Local Governments, continues its Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) – Listahanan payout today, 10 November 2018.

A total of 55,970,400 pesos is targeted to be disbursed during the said payout. This activity will is being conducted in different parts of Central Luzon. 23,321 beneficiaries shall receive 2,400 pesos each.  

UCT is a program under the Tax Reform Acceleration and INclusion (TRAIN) law. It is designed to provide 200 pesos per month in 2018 and 300 per month in 2019 to 2020 to 4.4 million Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries, 3 million Social Pension Program beneficiaries and 2.4 million Listahanan beneficiaries all over the country.

With this, DSWD FO III hereby acertain that this activity is not a project or program of any incumbent elected official or any known individual who recently filed their Certificate of Candidacy in the 2019 elections. Further, DSWD FO III gently reminds the public that local officials are good partners in program implementation, however, the same have no power in the inclusion and exclusion processes of national DSWD programs and services.

PROVINCECITY/MUNICIPALITYNUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES
AuroraBaler302
San Luis446
SUBTOTAL748
BataanOrani451
Abucay348
Pilar530
Dinalupihan and Subic809
Hermosa and Subic586
Mariveles894
SUBTOTAL3618
BulacanSan Miguel1311
SUBTOTAL1311
Nueva EcijaTalavera910
Jaen971
San Isidro449
Munoz1270
Sta. Rosa986
San Jose City1545
Bongabon483
Palayan333
Guimba 1781
SUBTOTAL7728
PampangaApalit703
San Simon565
Mabalacat1114
Lubao1725
Sta. Rita282
SUBTOTAL4389
TarlacMoncada772
San Manuel336
Anao64
Tarlac City1334
Bamban703
Camiling345
SUBTOTAL3554
ZambalesSubic972
Iba397
Masinloc604
SUBTOTAL1973
TOTAL23321

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